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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Guess who’s been cast in The Hunger Games Movie …

So I was feeling very procrastinatey today and instead of doing work I decided to read the paper and lo and behold apparently the producers of The Hunger Games movie have found their Peeta and Gale. These were my thoughts whilst reading the article:

WTF!?!? When did this happen? Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Hang on Liam Hemsworth as in the Aussie whose brother was an “actor” (and I use that term lightly) in Home and Away (one of my favourite TV shows, it’s my shameful secret, well you all know now) and dated Miley Cyrus? *Looks down page* Oohhh look Xanadu the Musical is closing …

So if you can’t tell from my scatter brained thoughts that were alternating between the article and the ad for Xanadu the lucky boys that have been given one of the most coveted roles (I read somewhere that the roles were coveted) for any young actor in Hollywood are Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Gale. Okay so I haven’t seen anything with either Josh Hutcherson or Liam Hemsworth (I know shock horror I haven’t seen The Last Song!) hence I can’t really comment on their acting chops but lets hope they are both up to it otherwise thee be mutiny by the many rabid Hunger Games fans of which I am one. Hmmm I wonder if Liam Hemsworth will keep his Aussie accent for the role, let’s hope not!

I give you Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale)

If you haven’t heard yet the role of Katniss went to Jennifer Lawrence from Winter’s Bone, I haven’t seen the movie but methinks it was nominated for an Oscar, apparently it was quite good I mean it was nominated. Personally for me Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t really what I had in mind for Katniss, first off Jennifer Lawrence is too old she’s already 20, but who knows and according to my movie maestros, Margaret and David from At The Movies (the best ever movie show in the ABC), she was fantastic in Winter’s Bone so lets hope she’s just as good in The Hunger Games.

Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss)

I’m going to leave you now with a pearl of wisdom from Miley Cyrus’ twitter account (Nicole this is partly for you because I know how much you love Miley).

“I can say the best news ever now! Dang word travels fast! Liam booked the role of Gale in Hunger Games! I gotta go read all the books now!”

Now Miley apart from your serious overuse of exclamation marks (I thought I was bad) that’s the most intelligent thing I’ve ever heard, yes you all should indeed read The Hunger Games.

Waiting on Wednesday: All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" is:

All These Things I've Done (Birthright #1) by Gabrielle Zevin

Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Age Group: Young Adult

From the author of the critically acclaimed Elsewhere comes this brilliant novel about an impossible romance, a family living outside of the law, and the ties that forever bind us.

Chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is increasingly scarce, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city’s most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine—going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until someone in her inner circle ends up poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she’s to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight—at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafiya family.

Engrossing and suspenseful,
All These Things I’ve Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and fantastic.

Has anyone ever wondered what a world without chocolate and coffee would be like? Well you’re in luck, look no further than this little dystopian goody. Where do you even come up with a world without chocolate, I mean blow my mind Gabrielle Zevin! Would a world without chocolate even be worth living? There would definitely be a lot of cranky peeps in that world. Plus poisoned chocolate, who would do such a thing, sacrilegious! Anyways apart from my little chocolate obsession with this book the plot actually sounds really interesting and definitely unique (well for me anyway). I say bring on All These Thing’s I’ve Done so I can read it in all it’s dystopian chocolatey goodness!

Well that’s my “waiting on” pick, what's yours this week?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Guest Post: Rebecca Lim author of Mercy

Today I’m really excited to be posting my very first author guest post on my humble little blog written by the super talented and lovely Rebecca Lim, author of Mercy. For those of you who haven’t heard of Mercy before it offers a unique take on the angel genre by mixing an intriguing romance with a suspenseful mystery. Feel free to check out my review of Mercy HERE. I also posted an interviewed I did with Rebecca which you can find HERE.

Now without further ado I give you Rebecca’s guest post …


Demand More

As a reader, I really appreciate it when a writer treats me as if I am a sophisticated, intelligent, engaged person, who doesn’t mind being challenged.

In short, I am happy if a writer treats me – a female reader – as someone with a functioning brain.

As a writer, it’s the way I like to think that I treat my readers.

I’m even happier if what I’m reading reflects the diversity that is life itself in today’s world. It’s 2011, people. Women can save themselves. Women are not defined by the romantic love triangle, or love hexagon, they might happen to find themselves entangled in. I like to think that women in love still retain a modicum of intelligence – emotional as well as intellectual – and YA lit should perhaps reflect that a bit more than it does.

It’s my personal belief that writers have a duty to put positive reflections of the sisterhood out there. Enough horrific stuff happens to women in the real world – we read about it every day in the news, we can’t seem to escape the terrible, terrible stories. Women writers, in particular, should be empowering teens to not accept traditional stereotypes; even in fictional portrayals of women. We should be counteracting – with all the tools we have available to us as writers – the darkest aspects of human nature.

Stalking is not okay; assault is not okay. If it’s part of the story line, there should still be no surrender.

Demand more. Question everything you read. Don’t just go for the easy options and let your brain float off into romance land. Sure, YA lit exists to entertain and to take us away from the “every day”, but it should not reinforce the tropes of ancient history.

That’s why we all love the paranormal. There’s boundless possibility for everyone - not just the “hot” guy.

Rebecca Lim is the author of “Mercy” published by HarperCollins Publishers in Australia, NZ, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, and Disney-Hyperion in the United States.


First off, huge thanks to Rebecca for taking the time and writing this post, her very first guest post I believe, I think we can all agree she’s done a fantastic job.

Now I’m in complete agreement with Rebecca here, writers should put a stop to the traditional stereotyping of women as being weak and intellectually inferior, always needing to be saved by a man, clearly this is not the case nor has it ever been. I believe this is especially important for YA writers as young women are at that age where they are particularly susceptible to the views of the media from both traditional (books, movies, tv) and new media sources (internet) therefore it is important to portray women in a positive light where they can be strong, intelligent and caring.

We as women have been bombarded since childhood with society’s narrow minded views on how a woman should act and behave. We need to give women some more credit and agree that whilst we are all different we do however all have a brain and can think, women of today can do anything they put their mind to and they don’t need a man to achieve it! We deserve nothing less.

Both Rebecca and I would love your opinions on this issue, so please leave us a comment, thanks!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

In My Mailbox #26

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren once a week which explores the weekly contents of your mailbox and books bought.

Hello everyone, I hope you guys all had a great week. Now I know I said this like last month and then failed to update for another month but hopefully I will be back and into the swing of blogging again, I’ve been very remiss, so apologies. I’m really missing talking books with everyone. I don’t think things are going to slow down with uni but I’m definitely going to try and write at least one review a week again, I’m not sure yet if this is realistic but we’ll see. But enough of my excuses lets get into the good stuff, the books!

For Review:

Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins (Hyperion Books/March 1, 2011)

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

I finished reading this only a couple of days ago and really enjoyed it. These books make for such fun reading and Sophie sure has a sharp tongue.


These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mira/March 18, 2011)

After reading so many glowing reviews with words like compelling and moving novel I just had to find myself a copy.

Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers/March 8, 2011)

This has been on my wishlist for about a year, it has finally arrived, yay! Bring on the contempy goodness!

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic/January 3, 2011)

If this is anything like Shiver I know I’ll love it! Plus I’m still slightly obsessed with anything faery, I know I know I’ll grow out of it one day but that’s not today.

Blood & Flowers by Penny Blubaugh (HarperTeen/March 1, 2011)

Pretty cover = enough said!

Afterlife (Evernight #4) by Claudia Gray (HarperCollins Children’s Books/March 3, 2011)

Final in the amazingly nutty, mind bending Evernight series, I’m obsessed and I don’t know why, I just have this compulsion to read it.

Bloodfever (Fever #2) by Karen Marie Moning (Dell/August 26, 2008) [Adult]

I was sucked in by Darkfever the first book in the series (like everyone else I’m intrigued by that fine man Barrons, what is he?) and had to go straight to the bookstore to find myself the second book in the series.

Dreamfever (Fever #4) by Karen Marie Moning (Dell/October 26, 2010) [Adult]

Now you may (or may not) be wondering why on earth did I procure the 2nd and 4th books in the Fever series and not the 3rd? Well they didn’t have the 3rd book at Borders, very irritating, and seeing as I had to use up my entire balance on my Borders gift card (it’s a long story but basically Borders in Australia is in deep financial trouble) I thought I might as well buy both and find the 3rd book somewhere else, so there you go.

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